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The Kennedy Center: An American Architectural Icon, Then and Now

A discussion, moderated by KCRW's Frances Anderton, with lead architect, Chris McVoy, and landscape architect, Edmund Hollander, on The Kennedy Center expansion. $10 (1.5 hrs)

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, original built in 1971 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, is the nation’s cultural center. Currently undergoing its first-ever expansion, in September 2019 the Center will unveil the REACH, which together with the original building will form a unified campus that will be the premier nexus of arts, learning and culture. Conceived by Steven Holl Architects as a thoughtful and respectful counterpoint to the iconic Stone design, the structure fuses with the 130,000 square feet of programmable landscape created by HOLLANDER design | Landscape Architects, and shapes a new connection to the adjacent Potomac River and other monuments. Please join Chris McVoy, Partner and Design Architect for Steven Holl Architects, and Edmund Hollander, founder of HOLLANDER design | Landscape Architects, for an insightful conversation moderated by Frances Anderton, host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW, an NPR station in Los Angeles.

Chris McVoy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia, graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in 1992 and upon graduation worked with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Chris McVoy joined Steven Holl Architects in 1993 and was made the first Partner in 2000.

Edmund Hollander graduated from Vassar College (1976) with a B.A. degree in History, followed by study at the New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture. He received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). Soon after, Ed joined The Delta Group in Philadelphia and then the venerable New York firm of Clarke and Rapuano before founding HOLLANDER design | Landscape Architects with his partner, Maryanne Connelly, in 1991.

Frances Anderton studied architecture at the Bartlett at University College London, after which she became associate editor of the Architectural Review. Anderton is now host of DnA: Design and Architecture, the widely-acclaimed weekly radio show broadcast on KCRW in Los Angeles.


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This event is for all ages.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Courtesy Steven Holl Architects, Courtesy Field Conditions, Courtesy Field Conditions, Courtesy of HOLLANDER design|Landscape Architects, Courtesy Yassine El Mansouri, Courtesy Yassine El Mansouri


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